Installing pavers results in spaces between the bricks or stones. The first step in preventing weeds is ensuring proper installation. A sand bed tightly packed provides a level foundation for the deck or patio. Once all the pavers are in place, additional sands should be packed into the crevices. This sand ensures each paver stays in place and helps prevent weed growth.
Once you remove the weeds through one of the methods mentioned above, stabilizing sand can be used to help keep any roots from growing back. When adding sand, it is essential that the patio is dry and free of weeds. Some paver sands feature gel additives that react with water, filling in the space between the stones so weeds have nowhere to go. Some sands also feature a pH that inhibits weed growth by making it uninhabitable. The type of sand used will help to determine the proper installation method. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure the product is used properly.
A deck or patio crafted of pavers is sure to have lines between each stone. Without proper prevention, weeds can find their way through those joints, reducing the appearance and potentially causing damage to the entire floor. With a few preventative measures, weeds can be avoided in the first place. If weeds are already present, there’s no need to stress. Corrective measures can eliminate the weeds and restore the look of your driveway, deck, or patio.
Instead of treating weeds with harsh chemicals, open the pantry and reach for the white vinegar. Pour the vinegar into an empty spray bottle and spray the cracks between the pavers, leaving it to sit and work its way into the sand. When a few hours have passed, rinse away the vinegar with a garden hose. This simple remedy will kill the weeds without damaging the pavers or damaging nearby plants. Vinegar should not discolor pavers but if you have any concerns, do the same process with an inconspicuous test spot before treating the entire area.
Or, plan to seal the patio once it’s complete. If you choose this route, don’t use polymer sand. Choose regular crushed sand, so the sealant can seep way down into the sand.
Sealant also protects your patio stones from stains and protects the color from fading.
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Step 4: Fill and Seal
Here at Outback Landscape, we have the skills, tools and knowledge to design and install patios that stand the test of time — and stand up to tenacious weeds.
Remember when your patio looked so pretty? Smooth, clean and weed-free?
Step 3: Chemical-Free Options
Regular sealing will keep those determined weed seeds from taking hold between your pavers.
We recommend sealing your paver patio at least every two or three years. Do it every year if you really want a nice, weed-free surface.